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Women's NCAAs, Day 2 Prelims: Stanford's Captain (Tara) Kirk Beams Up an American Record in the 100m Breaststroke -- March 19, 2004

By Phillip Whitten

100 meter breaststroke
COLLEGE STATION, Texas, March 19. There are only five heats in the 100 breast, with Stanford’s Tara Kirk a strong favorite to qualify first, perhaps challenging the world record.

Heat 1. Virginia Pate, Georgia, wins in 1:0.13

Heat 2. Lizzy Bruce, North Carolina, 1:09.27.

Heat 3. Oregon State’s Birte Steven out-touches Kristen Woodring, winning in 1:07.38.

Heat 4. In perhaps a preview of the German Olympic trials, Georgia’s sarah Poewe out-touched Florida’s Vipa Bernhardt, 1:07.02 to 1:07.26

Heat 5. One stroke into this race all doubt about the winner had been erased. The only question is whether Stanford’s Tara Kirk will break the American record of 1:05.74 by Georgia’s Kristy Kowal. Kirk turns in 31.24, right on record pace, with a full body length on the field. She touches in 1:05.44, a new American and NCAA mark and the world’s second-fastest time this year.behind Aussie Leisel Jones’ WR of 1:05.09.

Look for a sub-1:05 WR in the final.

Cuts: 1:07.96 for the A final, 1:09.17 for B.

Official Results: 100-Meter Breaststroke Preliminaries

EVENT: 11 WOMEN's 100 Meter Breaststroke

NCAA Record: 1:05.74 Kristy Kowal Georgia 2000
World Record: 1:05.09 Leisel Jones AUS 2003
American Record: 1:05.74 Kristy Kowal Georgia 2000
US Open Record: 1:05.74 Kristy Kowal Georgia 2000
QUALIFYING FOR "A" Cut: 1:02.00
QUALIFYING FOR This Meet: 1:03.19

RESULTS of PRELIMS

RANK NAME YEAR TEAM TIME

1) KIRK, TARA SR STANFORD 1:05.44 **
:31.24 :34.20
** NCAA Record: American Record: US Open Record:
2) POEWE, SARAH SO GEORGIA 1:07.02
:31.32 :35.70
3) BERNHARDT, VIPA SO FLORIDA 1:07.26
:32.09 :35.17
4) STEVEN, BIRTE SR OREGON STATE 1:07.38
:31.88 :35.50
5) WOODRING, KRISTEN SR PENN STATE 1:07.66
:31.87 :35.79
6) ERTTER, LINDSEY JR GEORGIA 1:07.80
:31.77 :36.03
7) DUTTON, EMMA SR FLORIDA STATE 1:07.90
:32.18 :35.72
8) KOVACS, AGNES JR ARIZONA STATE 1:07.96
:32.49 :35.47
9) WAGNER, JESSICA SR ARIZONA 1:08.07
:32.24 :35.83
10) TINNON, ELIZABETH FR TEXAS 1:08.52
:32.42 :36.10
11) SIEPER, ERIN SO ARIZONA 1:08.53
:32.32 :36.21
12) BRISKIE, ERIN SO TEXAS A&M 1:08.55
:32.87 :35.68
13) SARNECKI, AMALIA SO WISCONSIN 1:08.59
:32.73 :35.86
14) STEIN, KELLI SR MICHIGAN 1:08.96
:33.20 :35.76
15) BABICZ, ANNIE FR CALIFORNIA 1:09.16
:32.68 :36.48
16) SWANDER, LAURA SR AUBURN 1:09.17
:32.30 :36.87
17) BRUCE, LIZZY SO NORTH CAROLINA 1:09.27
:32.79 :36.48
18) STANCHOCK, COURTNEY JR PENN STATE 1:09.37
:32.78 :36.59
19) SCHOLD, MELISSA SR MINNESOTA 1:09.58
:32.67 :36.91
20) GRAHAM, LAURA SO KENTUCKY 1:09.66
:32.88 :36.78
21) AVILLA, LEAH FR TEXAS 1:09.75
:33.07 :36.68
22) GILBERT, KIRSTEN JR STANFORD 1:09.80
:32.96 :36.84
23) DIKMEN, ILKAY SR ILLINOIS 1:09.83
:33.05 :36.78
24) AMARDEILH, ANNE FR AUBURN 1:09.90
:33.45 :36.45
25) PATE, VIRGINIA SR GEORGIA 1:10.13
:33.09 :37.04
26) BRICK, LAUREN FR FLORIDA STATE 1:10.27
:32.75 :37.52
27) CRAFT, JACQUELYN FR CONNECTICUT 1:10.34
:33.50 :36.84
28) HSIAO, STEPHANIE JR PRINCETON 1:10.54
:33.11 :37.43
29) ACKER, BECKY SR NORTH CAROLINA 1:10.70
:33.76 :36.94
29) WEBERG, ELLIE FR FLORIDA ATLANTIC 1:10.70
:33.29 :37.41
31) CALDER, ERIN JR CALIFORNIA 1:10.93
:33.67 :37.26
32) PARKER, DIANE JR EAST CAROLINA 1:11.02
:33.76 :37.26
33) XANTHOS, NIKKI SR BRIGHAM YOUNG 1:11.41
:33.88 :37.53
34) HOVSEPIAN, LESLIE SR UCLA 1:11.45
:34.19 :37.26
35) KRAWCZYK, MARTYNA SO MIAMI (FLORIDA) 1:12.29
:34.13 :38.16
36) STEINER, JENNY FR VIRGINIA 1:12.89
:34.39 :38.50
37) DONG, RACHEL SR FLORIDA STATE 1:13.48
:33.83 :39.65